About Bailey Richert:
Bailey Richert is an author, speaker and travel expert who explores the world and shares her experiences with others through written word, photography and video. Her personal mantra regarding travel is that it should be fun, eye-opening and exhilarating – not full of worry, anxiety and stress. But, she recognizes this is what many first-time travelers feel when thinking about their upcoming adventure. After engaging in many trips, totaling 23 countries on 5 continents visited at present (2014), Bailey has accumulated a massive wealth of travel knowledge that she now finds extreme passion in sharing with other people. Through her blog, books, online courses and seminars, Bailey hopes to equip travelers with the knowledge they need to properly prepare for their time overseas.
What inspires you to write?
When I was just returning from my first trip overseas to London in 2007, I started to receive numerous calls and emails from friends, acquaintances and other students seeking travel help and advice before they departed for their semesters or adventures abroad. I would have a phone call, lunch meeting or coffee date with these individuals, and I quickly realized that they were as clueless about international travel as I was when I started out. These people are the inspiration for my writing. If I can get the information out to those who need it most, and if I continue to find (as I already have so much) that they are benefiting greatly from it, I will be inspired to write.
Tell us about your writing process.
As a nonfiction writer, it is important to have a coherent layout to the information you are presenting to the reader. Therefore, I strongly believe in outlining! I prefer a good old fashioned pen and paper to sketch out my plan of attack, which I make messy with edits as I go.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
My decision to self-publish my travel handbook was motivated by my reasons for writing it. I wanted to help others prepare for their international travels more safely, not write a best-selling book on which I could retire. I didn’t want to spend years chasing publishers who did not understand the need for this book and the audience it served. Additionally, my book is only one tool in my business. I also offer travel talks, a travel blog and travel training. For me, self-publishing provided another outlet for my information.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
The authors I know well firmly believe that the advancement of technology will soon make paperback publishing obsolete, and I have to agree. E-books are cheaper and easier for authors to produce themselves, allowing more storytellers and experts to join the information market with less upfront barriers.
What do you use?: Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer
What genres do you write?: Travel
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print